I've browsed the website for a while but i'm new to the forum so thought I would say hello. I will try to keep this as short as possible.
I guess my journey started in April, although i've had lower back pain for years. I started getting a lot of pain at night in my lumbar spine, with muscle spasms and leaving me feel like if i moved wrong or turned over in bed I would get stuck. No luck getting in at the doctor after repeatedly trying, so I self referred to physiotherapy. I then got referred to an MRI after the excercises I was given made things a lot worse. When the results were in, the doctor that referred me called and said there was clear signs of arthritis in L4-5, I then got a letter saying my MRI was clear, and no further action was needed.
I'm feeling really disheartened at the moment, I know people can struggle for years to get a diagnosis and that I'm no exception, but 6 months and back to what felt like square one got to me. The letter was so inaccurate regarding my symptoms and things like job role that I contacted them. Had a meeting yesterday and just feel like I have been dismissed, and that I was a nuisance. When I asked for a copy of my MRI results it says moderate facet arthropathy in L4-S1 (and a disc bulge at L4). But they don't seem to be taking me seriously and insist that no-ones MRI is normal, and that I should just do physio and be more active.
I used to enjoy going to the gym and jogging, I'm 32 years old, I was a landscape gardener for 11 years and I'm now an agricultural mechanic. I can't even jog or go to the gym anymore, as it worstens the symptoms, and I get even less sleep and more discomfort during the day. I haven't slept a full night since the beginning of April (absolutely no exaggeration) because of the pain when I sleep, so I have to get up, move around and then end up on the sofa semi-upright to get more rest.
To cut an already long story short, they have reluctantly referred me to a pain managment clinic, and I have an appointment to attend a 3 hour seminar next Tuesday. I hope this is going to help, as I really am struggling at the moment.
Thanks for reading,